When it comes to craft beer we still have a lot to learn never mind catch up with the US where the craft beer scene is slowly re-inventing itself to cope with the major brewers all trying to get in on the act. But as Katie Canfield and Matthew Gaughan report from San Francisco by staying local then the true craft brewers will always have the edge on the big corporate brewers.
Under the direction of its head of buying, Steve Daniel, Hallgarten, Druitt & Novum has been steadily building up its Mediterranean wine portfolio collecting together wineries from the Lebanon, Occitanie, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus and Croatia. But it was the wines from Greece that Justin Keay was particularly enamoured with. Here he explains why.
The textbooks are quite clear about what makes the four appellations of Chablis different from one another. But does the general public understand? And more importantly do you? We travel to Chablis and ask some of the region’s most important winemakers and ask them: so what are the differences between the appellations?
Next January’s inaugural International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London will be the first time the UK has hosted a major event highlighting the importance and role of bulk and bottled in market wines. But with near on 70% of the wine now sold in the UK coming via bulk it is the ideal time to shine the spotlight on what different bottlers, distributors, importers and retailers are doing in this key key trading area. Here’s what to expect and details of early bird exhibitor prices.
Smith & Gertrude is the kind of bar that most people would want to have in their neighbourhood. Set up by thirty-something married couple Duncan and Amy Findlater two years ago, it has already become something of a local institution with its winning formula of a great wine selection and a simple bar menu of cheese, charcuterie and salads, all served up in a chilled atmosphere. Helen Arnold met up with the couple to discover what inspires them.
With the newly created Occitanie region now claiming to be the largest wine region in France, Chris Wilson was disappointed at the latest London annual tasting that Sud de France didn’t use the opportunity to explain more about what the change means for the UK trade, especially when 25% of wines from the region are exported to Britain. Curiously, the majority of wineries were also looking for UK distribution.
It seems Australia’s wine scene has gone full circle. From bringing the world exciting new versions of classic grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Shiraz in the eighties and nineties, it is now re-inventing itself as the country best placed for so called alternative, Old World grape varieties, particularly from Italy and Spain, to grow and flourish as next week’s Wine Australia Alternative Varieties Tasting hopes to show.
Alto Adige is like no other wine region in Italy. The language is primarily Germanic and the mountains that border Austria and Switzerland bring an unique freshness to the wines that include Gewürtztraminer, hailing from the town of Traminer. Justin Keay travelled there to witness the launch of new wine Epokale, that is aged for seven years in a disused silver mine.
Faced with 16 tempting glasses of fizz of a morning is just what wine blogger Mike Turner kicked his job in the City of London for, all those years ago. Turns out, however, that these glasses are full of wine as ‘rough as a badger’s arse’. Welcome to WineSkills, a course aimed at winemakers needing to extend their learning and have a refresher’s course in what to do, and what not to do when making a good bottle of wine.
Let’s face it can be hard to get some customers to switch away from Pinot Grigio or a safe bottle of South American Merlot, never mind take the plunge with a natural wine that may not even taste like wine at all. So it’s some achievement to get 100s of restaurants and bars serving 1000s of bottles of natural wine to customers all over the county as part of Real Wine Month. Event organiser, Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene, explains how it all comes together.